Agenda and minutes

Member Committee
Monday, 17th February, 2020 2.00 pm

Venue: Meeting Room 5, Town Hall. View directions

Contact: Carol Hargreaves  (0161 474 3203)

Items
No. Item

1.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 138 KB

To approve as a correct record and sign the Minutes of the Meeting held on 14 October 2019.

Minutes:

The Minutes (copies of which had been circulated) of the meeting held on the 14 October 2019 were approved as a correct record and signed by the chair.

2.

Declarations of Interest

Councillors and Officers to declare any interests which they may have in any of the items on the agenda for the meeting.

Minutes:

Councillors and officers were invited to declare any interests they had in any of the items on the agenda for the meeting.

 

The following interest was declared:-

 

Personal Interest

 

Councillor

Interest

 

 

Wendy Wild

Any item on the agenda relating to foodbanks as a Trustee of Chelwood Foodbank.

 

3.

Urgent Decisions

To report any urgent action taken under the Constitution since the last meeting of the Committee.

Minutes:

No urgent decisions were reported.

4.

Public Question Time

Members of the public are invited to put questions to the Chair on any matters within the powers and duties of the Committee, subject to the exclusions set out in the Code of Practice.  (Questions must be submitted prior to the commencement of the meeting on the card provided.  These are available at the meeting. You can also submit questions via the Council’s website at www.stockport.gov.uk/publicquestions)

 

Minutes:

Members of the public were invited to put questions to the Chair on any matters within the powers and duties of the Committee, subject to the exclusions set out in the Code of Practice.

 

No public questions were submitted.

5.

Stockport Homes Group's Collaboration with B4Box pdf icon PDF 288 KB

To consider a report of the Director of Property and Maintenance Services.

 

The report updates Members on the progress made to date in relation to Stockport Homes Group’s collaboration with B4Box and to outline the future proposals for the new contract.

 

The Committee are invited to note and comment on the report.

 

Officer contact John Bowker Email john.bowker@stockporthomes.org

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Director of Property and Maintenance Services (Stockport Homes) submitted (copies of which had been circulated) providing an report to update on the progress made to date in relation to Stockport Homes Group’s collaboration with B4Box and to outline future proposals for the new contract.

 

The following comments were made/issues raised:-

 

·         It was commented that this was an important project that had generated much interest across Greater Manchester and one that could set a footprint for further social value contracts across the construction industry.

·         In response to questions regarding the project’s connections with local schools, it was stated that the project was closely connected with Stockport College and Werneth School and that further opportunities for educational links were being looked in to.

·         The Committee was reassured that participants in the project who didn’t immediately enter accredited training were being tracked to ensure that the project was beneficial in the long term. For instance, many of these participants were said to have had moved on to other employment elsewhere.

·         The project was commended for its social impact and it was suggested that the report could be presented to a future meeting of the Stockport Disability Forum.

 

RESOLVED – (1) That the report be noted.

 

(2) That the Deputy Chief Executive be requested to place an item on the agenda for a future meeting of the Committee providing an update on the operation of the scheme.

6.

Mutual Exchange Service Update and Forward Plan pdf icon PDF 388 KB

To consider a report of the Director of Neighbourhoods and Support.

 

The report updates Members on the development and promotion of Stockport Homes Mutual Exchange Service.

 

The Committee are invited to note and comment on the report.

 

Officer contact Emma Crick Telephone 0161 218 1559 Email: emma.crick@stockporthomes.org

Minutes:

The Director of Neighbourhoods and Support (Stockport Homes) submitted a report (copies of which had been circulated) providing an update on the development and promotion of Stockport Homes’ Mutual Exchange Service.

 

The following comments were made/issues raised:

 

·         The service was highly valued by those people who did not have need to move status, whilst simultaneously bringing significant savings for Stockport Homes in comparison to costs associated with voids.

·         Over 50% of transfers were now done by means of mutual exchange which had resulting in savings of approximately £370,000 making Stockport Homes within the top 5% of organisations that operated a mutual exchange scheme.

·         Members welcomed the report and noted the importance of the scheme and the flexibility that it provided to tenants to move within and outside the Stockport area.

 

RESOLVED – That the report be noted.

7.

Work with Young People Update, January 2020 pdf icon PDF 264 KB

To consider a report of the Director of Neighbourhoods and Support.

 

The report updates Members on the Youth Provision delivered by Stockport Homes.

 

Members are invited to note and comment on the report.

 

Officer contact:  Tanya King Telephone 0161 218 1068 Email: tanya.king@stockporthomes.org

Minutes:

The Director of Neighbourhoods and Support (Stockport Homes) submitted a report (copies of which had been circulated) which provided an update on the Youth Provision delivered by Stockport Homes.

 

The following comments were made/issues raised:-

 

·         The range of activities available to young people was welcomed, with particular regard to the teaching coping strategies and the holiday kitchen.  The availability of these services to people other than just council tenants was also welcomed.

·         Concern was expressed in relation to the loss of qualified youth workers as part of the youth serviced previously provided by the Council and whether staff and volunteers were suitably qualified to deliver the range of services being offered or to meet the expectations of service users.

·         It was suggested that many councillors maybe unaware of the range of services being provided to young people by Stockport Homes and that awareness could be raised either through briefings to the Area Committees or an all-member presentation at a Full Council Meeting.

 

RESOLVED – (1) That the report be noted.

 

(2) That consideration be given to finding an appropriate mechanism to inform councillors of the breath of services being provided to young people in the borough by Stockport Homes.

 

 

8.

Corporate Performance pdf icon PDF 262 KB

To consider a report of the Assistant Chief Executive.

 

The report provides Members with an update on performance against indicators.

 

The Committee are invited to note and comment on the performance and improvement actions outlined in the report and to raise any issues of concern about the explanations presented where targets or objectives have not been met.

 

Officer contact: Rob Lloyd Tel 0161 474 3279 Email: rob.lloyd@stockporthomes.org

 

Minutes:

The Assistant Chief Executive (Stockport Homes) submitted a report (copies of which had been circulated) providing an update on Stockport Homes’ performance against corporate indicators.

 

The following comments were made/issues raised:-

 

·         While the report provided a positive picture of corporate performance, full detail could not be given as it was the middle of the quarter and thus relied on slightly outdated information from the previous September.

·         Of the 18 corporate indicators, 15 were said to be in a positive green status, whilst 3 were given amber status and had room for improvement. However, members were reassured that each of these amber indicators were expected to be closer to target by the end of the year.

·         It was also stated that some corporate indicators had been affected by an unusually high number of void properties requiring major works.

·         It was noted that corporate performance was effectively scrutinised and challenged by Stockport Homes’ own Customer Monitoring Group before its consideration by the Member Committee.

·         Members noted the positive impact on performance provided by the new telephony system used by Stockport Homes.

 

RESOLVED – That the report be noted.

9.

Financial Monitoring Update pdf icon PDF 472 KB

To consider a report of the Director of Resources.

 

The report updates Members of the Committee on Stockport Homes’ financial performance to November 2019.

 

The Committee is invited to note and comment on the latest financial results.

 

Officer contact: John Kennedy Tel 0161 474 2868 Email: john.kennedy@stockporthomes.org

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Director of Resources (Stockport Homes) submitted a report (copies of which had been circulated) to update members on Stockport Homes’ financial performance to November 2019.

 

A discussion took place in relation to the removal of a government borrowing cap that had meant that the Housing Revenue Account (HRA) was now able to do some new-build borrowing.  However, this was not sufficient to fully fund the new-build programme and as such this would still need to be split between the HRA and Stockport Homes’ Group.

 

RESOLVED – That the report be noted.

10.

Member Committee Update Report pdf icon PDF 299 KB

To consider a report of the Assistant Chief Executive.

 

The report updates Members on issues not included in other reports but which are likely to be of interest.

 

The Committee is invited to consider and comment on the report.

 

Minutes:

The Assistant Chief Executive (Stockport Homes) submitted a report (copies of which had been circulated) to update members on issues not included in other reports but which are likely to be of interest.

 

The following comments were made/issues raised:-

 

·         Members praised the positive working relationship between Stockport Council and Stockport Home.

·         20% of tenants had moved over to Universal Credit, but 65% of these people were in arrears. Members were informed that money advisors were working closely with these individuals to minimise the potential negative impacts that the shift to Universal Credit could have.

·         Stockport Homes, using funding from Homes England, intended to purchase six former Right to Buy flats to accommodate people who have struggled in other forms of accommodation or with homelessness. Stockport Homes hoped to purchase a further six if they could be identified on the market.

·         The Committee thanked officers for their interesting and informative reports.

 

RESOLVED – (1) That the report be noted.

 

(2) That the Deputy Chief Executive be requested to include an item on a future meeting of the Committee in relation to Stockport Homes’ work to tackle homelessness..